I like fancy, don’t get me wrong. But I don’t like paying fancy prices for it. Holiday cards are expensive enough without adding on the personalized service of printing your addresses on the envelopes.
But you can still have fancy holiday card envelopes and gift tags by doing them yourself with your Cricut.
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Choose Your Font
You can make your addresses look as simple, classic or fancy as you want. Dafont.com has tons of free fonts you can download for personal use.
Tip: I found that simple fonts are better for this type of project. With Cricut Design Space, pretty, cursive fonts come spaced out so that you can adjust the letter spacing the way you like it. That’s great for a normal project like a t-shirt iron-on design or a notebook decal, but if you’re addressing 40+ envelopes in a row, adjusting each letter each time, will get old really fast.
In my example, the main address is in the SignPainter font and the return address is in the Noteworthy font. I use the Noteworthy font for all my addresses because it doesn’t really need any adjusting. So between cards, I just retype the address and I’m good to go.
Place Your Addresses
You’ll want to space out your addresses as they look on an actual envelope, with the return address in the upper left corner and the main address in the middle. Use the corresponding inch markers on your Design Space Grid and cutting mat to line up the font where you want it on your envelope.
Attach Your Design
You must highlight both addresses and attach them using the paper clip icon at the bottom right corner of your Design Space screen. That way they will stay in the same place with the same spacing when you go to make your project. If you don’t attach, the program will move the addresses to save space on the mat and it will come out jumbled.
Select & Load Your Pen
Since you are writing this design and not cutting it, you will need to choose that option on the menu on the right side of your Design Space screen. Click on the scissor icon (for cutting) and change it to the pen icon (for writing). Then choose the color and size pen you’re using.
Then load the pen into holder A on the left. (Holder B is for cutting blades only, Holder A is for pens.) Pull open the flap with the letter A on it, then push the pen (with cap off) down into the holder until it clicks.
Place Your Envelope On The Mat & Start Writing
Place your envelope in the top left corner of your mat. When prompted by the program, load the mat and start the writing process. No need to choose a material type or mirror the design.
You can also add images like Christmas trees, holly, snowflakes, etc, to make it as festive as you like. Unless you want it all the same color, you will need to use
You can use the same process to personalize gift tags. Just adjust the size and placement of your design with the size and placement of your gift tag on the mat.
I used the Merry Christmas Flake font for this gift tag.
Here are a few other holiday themed fonts: